Photo #: NH 106224-KN (color)
Equator Crossing Card
Given to Midshipman Harold M. Bemis, of USS Maine (Battleship # 10) in recognition that he had crossed the Equator while his ship was steaming south off the Brazilian coast during the "Great White Fleet"'s World cruise.
Note that the date given on the card (3 January 1908) is incorrect. The actual date of the Equator crossing, and associated ceremonies, was on 6 January 1908.
Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 15 November 2008